To Musicke – A Song

5th October 2014, Sunday 2pm

Consort EclectusVivien Hamilton

Consort Eclectus (violas da gamba)
Vivien Hamilton (mezzo soprano)


Composer Item
Anon The Gowans are Gay my Jo
Richard Mico
Pavan 4
Fantasia 7
Text Alexander Montgomerie
Lyk as the dum Solsequium
Robert Johnson
Care Charming Sleep
Come palefaced death
Thomas Lupo
(died 1628)
Fantasia [Air] 6 à 4
Fantasia [Air] 8 à 4
Calvin Bowman
For the tomb of Herrick:
To Music: A Song, Up Tailes All, Money Maketh the Mirth, Prayer, The Amber Bead, To God, on his Sicknesse, Eternitie, For the Tomb of Herrick
Song cycle for soprano and viol consort
(text by Robert Herrick and Phillip Martin
Alfonso Ferrabosco 11
Fantasia 19 à 4
Fantasia 23 à 4
Anon One yeir begins
(William Sterling’s air)
Anne Boleyn O Death, Rock me to sleepe
Claude de Sermisy
Douce Amour

Consort Eclectus and soprano Vivien Hamilton present a concert which combines the wit and wisdom of music from the Scottish Renaissance with Calvin Bowman’s modern re-invention of the music for viols and voice based on the texts of Robert Herrick.

Concert details are correct at the time of posting but may be subject to change.

Consort Eclectus (violas da gamba)

Consort Eclectus brings the rich repertoire of the viol consort to Australian audiences. Described as ‘heaven sent’ in their debut concert at the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival in 2001, Consort Eclectus has since developed to play an integral role in Early Music performance in Australia. Resident in Melbourne, the group performs regularly in their own subscription series in which they continue to delight with their imaginative programming and fine ensemble work. This is a flexible group specialising in English and Italian renaissance music, often joining forces with solo voices and vocal ensembles. They have commissioned two new works for viols and voice by Australian composers Natalie Williams (kindly supported by the Lyrebird commission for 2006 in memory of Malcolm McIvor) and Calvin Bowman that will be heard in today’s concert. Both works are featured in their CD Music for Viols and Voice.

The consort has performed in the Canberra Chamber Music Festival, The Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, the Port Fairy Spring Early Music Festival and the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival. Consort Eclectus have been recorded for broadcast by the ABC including Sunday Live. The consort began 2014 with a performance at the Sydney Festival with The Hilliard Ensemble, in two contemporary works for voices and viols by Nico Muhly and Gavin Bryars. For this performance Consort Eclectus is joined by distinguished guest artist, soprano Vivien Hamilton.

Vivien Hamilton (soprano)

Scottish born soprano Vivien Hamilton is one of Australia’s most versatile singers. She knew she wanted to be a professional singer from the age of 7 years and studied the piano to support her aspirations. Vivien completed a Bachelor of Music degree (Honours) at the University of Western Australia in musicology with Professor David Tunley, and singing with acclaimed Australian Soprano Molly McGurk.

Vivien regularly performs throughout Australia, in recital, on radio and television. Her career covers a wide portfolio of musical styles and genres: Early Music; 20th-century vocal ensemble work e.g. Kosky’s Voice, Jam and Videotape for 4 singers, Steve Reich’s Tehillim; French, American, Australian, English Artsong and Contemporary song recitals with piano; theatre e.g. A Little Night Music with MTC; and opera. Currently Vivien works with e21, consort eclectus, Rosemary Hodgson (lute), Len Vorster (piano), and Glenn Riddle (piano).Vivien has recorded for ECM with The Hilliard Ensemble in Passio by Estonian composer Arvo Part; TER Classics with New Sadler’s Wells Opera in Léhar’s The Merry Widow; ABC Classics with Rosalind Halton Olimpia: Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti and Move Records Tyrannic Love: Choice Songs and Ayres of the Restoration Stage “Vivien Hamilton is the star of the show. Words are subtly coloured .. an approach which is in sympathy with the music.” Vivien’s most recent CD Burns and Beyond: Songs of Robert Burns pays tribute to Scottish poetry and was released in the Scottish Year of Homecoming, 2009. Vivien is the director of the Early Voices Ensemble at the Early Music Studio, The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.